Finding Forgiveness at Advent and Always

Finding Forgiveness at Advent and Always

A quick Google search on “how many times will God forgive me” yields over 115 million hits in one second. Clearly, we have questions about God’s capacity to forgive. When our life seems shot-through with poor decisions or layered with one ill-conceived plan after...
Cultivating a More Grateful Heart

Cultivating a More Grateful Heart

“If the forgiveness is minimal, the gratitude is minimal.” I stopped in my tracks when I read these words, spoken by Jesus while defending the lavishly intimate actions of an impure woman. I’ve been thinking about gratitude lately and have noticed it’s easier for me...
What is the Mission of the Church Today?

What is the Mission of the Church Today?

What is the mission of the Church today? Has the pandemic caused it to shift? Is our concern over lapsed membership due to the pandemic quickly eclipsing our priority to reach the lost? I’ve spent the summer reading through the gospels, wanting to understand how Jesus...
How To Deal With Shame

How To Deal With Shame

The Bible is full of stories that deal with shame. Think Adam and Eve. David killing Uriah. Joseph’s brothers selling him into slavery. The list goes on and on. Shame is a part of our shared human condition so it’s really no surprise that God would have a lot to say...
How Do We Return to Normal After Pandemic?

How Do We Return to Normal After Pandemic?

Everywhere we turn the desire is palpable—we want to return to normal after pandemic life. We’ve struggled through sixteen long months living under the restrictions and suffering of a pandemic, and we simply want to resume our normal lives. We have been in exile for...
Sharing the Good News

Sharing the Good News

Good news is hard to keep to ourselves. When an exciting event happens in our life or we meet someone extraordinary, we can’t wait to tell everyone about it. We celebrate it and share photos with the world on social media. The better the news, the greater our desire...